Petition & Campaign Responses

Puppy Smuggling

Thank you to my constituents who have contacted me recently about puppy smuggling. I share your concerns about the illegal importation of puppies into the UK and I pay tribute to Dogs Trust for its crucial work on this issue. I have long believed that more should be done to block wholesale puppy imports that are abusing […]

Petition & Campaign Responses

NHS Long Term Plan and Cancer

Thank you to my constituents who contacted me about the cancer workforce and the NHS Long-Term Plan. More than 360,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every year and that figure is expected to rise to more than half a million by 2035. I sympathise profoundly with anyone who is affected, and I pay […]

Views

Childrens’ Services Cuts

Thank you for contacting me about funding for children’s services. Children’s services provide a lifeline to thousands of vulnerable children and families in our area and across the country. However, local authorities have experienced unprecedented cuts to funding since 2010. Indeed, analysis by Action for Children, Barnardo’s, NSPCC, the Children’s Society and the National Children’s […]

Views

Brexit Deal Vote Tuesday 15th January 2019

I believe the Brexit deal the Prime Minister has agreed with the EU is deeply flawed and represents a complete failure of her approach over the last two years. The Prime Minister’s deal will not protect jobs, workplace rights or environmental standards. It will not ensure frictionless trade for UK businesses. The lack of a […]

Views

Halton’s Government Funding Cuts

Derek has today written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in support of the Leader of Halton Borough Council, Cllr Rob Polhill’s, call for a reversal of the planned cuts to Halton’s government funding, to urgently address the £5.8 billon gap in funding that council’s face by 2020 and to provide Halton and other councils […]

Petition & Campaign Responses

End of Life Care

Thank you to Halton constituents for contacting me recently about end of life care and the related campaign by Marie Curie. Each year around 500,000 people die in England and Wales and half of those deaths occur in hospitals. The palliative care workforce works extremely hard to provide good care for people nearing the end […]

Petition & Campaign Responses

Crisis – Everybody In Campaign

Thank you for contacting me about Crisis’ campaign to end homelessness and to remove the need for anyone to sleep rough on the streets. Homelessness and rough sleeping are not inevitable in a country as decent and well-off as ours. Yet, since 2010 the number of people sleeping rough has more than doubled, with the […]

Petition & Campaign Responses

Pensions Dashboard

Thank you for contacting me about the Pensions Dashboard. As you know, in 2016 the Government committed to launch a Pensions Dashboard by 2019. The dashboard was designed to be a one-stop-shop digital platform, where any individual could view their various pension pots and see how much they have saved for their retirement. The Opposition […]